Sports Writers Give Their Take on Jameis Winston and the Heisman Trophy

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston is having the kind of season that would normally make a player the front runner for college football’s greatest individual honor, the Heisman Trophy.

But whether he’ll be considered for that accolade is in question. Earlier this month, news surfaced that he had been accused of sexual battery in late 2012, an incident that is still under investigation.

“AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” spoke about it on Friday night, with Adam Weinstein (Gawker writer and Fusion contributor) and Mark Schlabach (ESPN) part of the conversation.

Schlabach has been on top of the story for ESPN, writing up big scoops like the discovery that the Winston’s DNA matched a sample found in the accuser’s underwear.

“According to the DNA analysis report, a copy of which was viewed by ESPN.com on Wednesday, the Florida state crime lab determined the chance of the DNA in the woman’s underwear being a match for someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion,” Schlabach wrote on Friday.

“Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, said Thursday that he is not surprised that his client’s DNA is a match, answering ‘absolutely’ when asked whether the quarterback had consensual sex with the woman.”

Weinstein recently penned a Deadspin piece that questioned FSU’s football culture, from the perspective of a teacher on campus.

“It’s a culture that tells these adolescents that their highest calling is to sacrifice their bodies in the grassy shrine, that all else is distraction,” he wrote. “It’s the same culture that’s now undergoing paroxysms of wild paranoia to spin Benghazi- and Trayvon-style conspiracy theories that might explain these obviously baseless allegations against Jameis Winston, the teenager whose prophetic power can reduce old white men to joyful sobbing.”

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